Take Me Home

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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One Direction stays sweet, but expect some innuendo.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 26 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

"Little Things" is about loving all the good and bad parts of a person -- especially when they don't: "joining up the dots with the freckles on your face, it all makes sense to me ... I'm in love with all those little things -- it's you they add up to ... you still love to squeeze into your jeans, but you're perfect to me."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although One Direction has certainly matured (along with their music) on this album, they still keep it mostly clean. The lyrics are fine, with only some minor innuendo, and they always sing about loving someone for all that they are, like in "Little Things."


Minor innuendo, talk about kissing, and "staying over": "When we touch, do you get this kind of rush, baby say yeah-eh-eh. If you don't wanna take it slow and you just wanna take me home, baby say yeah-eh-eh." On the song "Last First Kiss," it says, "wanna be the first to take it all the way like this." "Live While We're Young" has the following chorus: "Tonight let's get some!"


Second album from ultra-popular Brit boy band, who've spawned their own cottage industry of related products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Take Me Home is definitely a notch up the sexy scale for One Direction, so there's a little innuendo and lyrics like "tonight let's get some!," and talk about kissing and "staying over," but the lyrics stay clean, and the still-sweet and positive content keep it OK for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 3, and 5-year-old Written byjonallypugliese1023 November 1, 2013

not ever worth listening to

I really hope my kids never get in to this crap I wouldn't even call it music there is so much better music out there I hate one direction
Adult Written bykeepcalmandcarryon December 17, 2012

Minor innuendos, but overall very good

This is a good album from the UK boyband. Both of my daughters (12 and 15) really like it. There are some innuendos, as stated in the review, so I would watch o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysol1302 March 21, 2015

Just as great as 1st album, but more mature

"Take Me Home" is just as lovely as One Direction's first album, but parents: Expect a little bit more maturity. Most of the songs are still the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHazzaBoo July 26, 2013


I love One Direction! They're like my most favorite thing in the world right now, and not surprisingly, it's amazing. Although I must say it's a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Still riding high from the worldwide success of their debut album, Up All Night, Brit boy band One Direction releases their sophomore album, TAKE ME HOME. It features the smash hit "Live While We're Young," along with 13 other tracks.

Is it any good?

One Direction has matured during their rocket-paced rise to success, and so has their music. Songs like "Kiss You," "Last First Kiss," and "Change My Mind" have some minor innuendo -- like you'd expect from teenage boys singing about girls and young love -- but the band manages to keep it sweet and positive. "Little Things" is an acoustic, heart-tugging ballad that celebrates all the little parts of a person that the person might be insecure about -- adding up to what makes them loveable.

Songs like the upbeat, self-deprecating "I Would"; the slower, declaratory "Over Again"; and the ever-relatable and timeless "Summer Love" are good examples of why fans can't seem to get enough of OD. Take Me Home?  Yes, please.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music for tweens and teens. Do you think it's OK for tweens to listen to music that has some sexual innuendo in it -- even if it's minor? Are kids exposed to more today than they used to be, or are we just more aware of lyrics?

  • Do you think it's necessary for bands/singers to adjust their music for more mature audiences? Who are some artists or bands that have changed their music from tame to sexy? Who hasn't? What are the results? Is their a different standard when it comes to males and females?

Music details

  • Artist: One Direction
  • Release date: November 13, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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